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02-17-2007, 09:35 PM
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Can the Sens catch the Sabres?

First off I donít care if I am jinxing any chance we have by making this post. Now to the post

Buffalo 59GP 39W 15L 5OT 83Pts
Ottawa 59GP 34W 22L 3OT 71Pts

They have a 12 point lead with 23 games remaining.
We play the Sabres back to back this week if we can win both those games its an eight point lead. (Emery will be back for those games too)
This is the point in the season we should be getting it all together heading into the playoffs. I am sure the players have there eyes on first place in the division. I would if I was a player, try and be the best team in the Conference.

Who would have fathomed we had a shot at first considering the start of the season by both teams. I know there are some fans that would rather we come in in a lower seeding because not as much pressure will be on the Sens but you know as long as the Sens make the playoffs pressure will be there. So why not try and win the division and the Conference.

We win the back to back against Buffalo I think we will finish first in the Conference.

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02-17-2007, 09:40 PM
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Plain and simple, we won't catch them unless we can get our PP going. It stinks right now. Goaltending won't be the problem if we lose games, it'll be lack of production on the PP.

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Plain and simple, we won't catch them unless we can get our PP going. It stinks right now.
I think with the pieces we have its just a matter of time before it explodes.

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02-17-2007, 09:45 PM
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I think with the pieces we have its just a matter of time before it explodes.
Yeah, some of our pieces (our big guns) have to get it going again soon too. They haven't exactly been lighting it up lately. While I love the secondary scoring I'd like to see Heater,Spezza,and Alfie producing more.

Edit: Not including tonight's game:

Heater's got 6 points in his last 8. = 2 goals and 4 assists.
Alfie's got 8 in his last 8. = 2 goals and 6 assists.
Spezza's got 8 in hnis last 8. = 3 goals and 5 assists.

Guess it wasn't as bad as I thought but I would still like to see more goals.


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I think with the pieces we have its just a matter of time before it explodes.
I don't know. I find a PP is one of those things that is generally really good from the beginning of the year until the end. I don't see it in this group to be cohesive enough to be a top notch PP. It isn't for a lack of skill, but sometimes the chemistry just isn't there for some reason.

As for the thread topic, I thought in January we might have a chance, but the Sabres just don't seem to be falling off for us to really make solid ground. We'll see how things go with their injuries coming up, but I'm skeptical at this point that we can pull it off. Maybe if we get Roberts...

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While I love the secondary scoring I'd like to see Heater,Spezza,and Alfie producing more.
I'm not concerned about their actual production -- Alfie and Spezza both have 6 points in their last 5 games, and Heatley has 5. That's not bad. As far as a need for those guys to start producing on the PP, however, I agree.

Aaand as far as catching Buffalo goes . . . it's a nice thought and anything's possible, but I don't see it happening.

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Aaand as far as catching Buffalo goes . . . it's a nice thought and anything's possible, but I don't see it happening.
I really think it comes down to the back to back on Thursday and Saturday. We win those the Buffalo lead is down to single digits. I have my fingers crossed and will be hoping and cheering for it to happen.

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Best chance is now, Afinogenov,spacek,novotny,connolly, and now kotalik may be out. A lot of players brought up, I think Vanek will suffer without afinogenov.

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I just want to avoid the 4/5 playoff spot. That's usually a killer. Has anyone emerged from that spot to go to the finals ?

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Yeah, I don't really see us catching them either but in all fairness the Bruins did defeat them after the 8th round in the shootout tonight. I doubt it would have made it that far with Afinogenov in the line-up and the Sabres would have most likely won it in regulation.

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02-17-2007, 10:47 PM
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I just want to avoid the 4/5 playoff spot. That's usually a killer. Has anyone emerged from that spot to go to the finals ?
The divisional seeding has really made the round 1 macthup between seeds 4 and 5 a daunting battle recent in years. But the Atlantic has gotten soft now with Philly dropping to the basement and the Rangers failing to replace them. The Southwest just isn't intimidating at all. Pittsburgh doesn't scare me: they're too young, streaky, and soft to make noise at this point IMO. It doesn't help that they are just as inexperienced / inconsistant in goal.

It seems as if we'll be in that 4 vs 5 battle this season. We won't catch Buffalo just as New Jersey is out of reach for the Atlantic clubs. Again, who cares who wins the SW. We'll probably face one of Tampa, Atlanta, or Pittsburgh. With the East being so tight even any of Toronto, Carolina, NYI,or Montreal could be drawn. But that's not very likely.

As far as round 1 goes I'm not too worried, despite the high chances of us finishing in a historically tough spot. What scares me is (potentially) having to face New Jersey later on..... and to a much lesser extent Buffalo.

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Decided to check the schedules as I knew we didn't have a bad month of March ahead of us. Unfortunately neither does Buffalo, or at least I don't think they do without checking to see how they match up against these teams.

Sens:

60 Tuesday February 20, 2007 Edmonton Ottawa 7:30 p.m.
61 Thursday February 22, 2007 Ottawa Buffalo 7 p.m.
62 Saturday February 24, 2007 Buffalo Ottawa 7 p.m.
63 Tuesday February 27, 2007 Ottawa Carolina 7 p.m.
64 Wednesday February 28, 2007 Carolina Ottawa 7:30 p.m.
MARCH
GAME DAY DATE VISITOR HOME TIME
65 Friday March 2, 2007 Ottawa Atlanta 7:30 p.m.
66 Sunday March 4, 2007 Ottawa Chicago 3 p.m.
67 Tuesday March 6, 2007 Pittsburgh Ottawa 7:30 p.m.
68 Thursday March 8, 2007 Toronto Ottawa 7:30 p.m.
69 Saturday March 10, 2007 Ottawa Toronto 7 p.m.
70 Tuesday March 13, 2007 Ottawa NY Rangers 7 p.m.
71 Thursday March 15, 2007 NY Islanders Ottawa 7:30 p.m.
72 Saturday March 17, 2007 Philadelphia Ottawa 7 p.m.
73 Sunday March 18, 2007 Ottawa Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
74 Tuesday March 20, 2007 Ottawa St.Louis 8 p.m.
75 Thursday March 22, 2007 Ottawa Florida 7:30 p.m.
76 Saturday March 24, 2007 Ottawa Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
77 Tuesday March 27, 2007 Boston Ottawa 7:30 p.m.
78 Friday March 30, 2007 Montrťal Ottawa 7:30 p.m.
79 Saturday March 31, 2007 Ottawa NY Islanders 7 p.m.
APRIL
GAME DAY DATE VISITOR HOME TIME
80 Tuesday April 3, 2007 Ottawa New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
81 Thursday April 5, 2007 Pittsburgh Ottawa 7:30 p.m.
82 Saturday April 7, 2007 Ottawa Boston 7 p.m.

Sabres:

Feb 20, 2007 HOME Flyers 7:00 PM EST ET Versus
Feb 22, 2007 HOME Senators 7:00 PM EST ET -
Feb 24, 2007 AWAY Senators 7:00 PM EST ET CBC
Feb 27, 2007 AWAY Maple Leafs 7:30 PM EST ET -


MAR


Mar 2, 2007 HOME Canadiens 8:00 PM EST ET -
Mar 3, 2007 AWAY Maple Leafs 7:00 PM EST ET CBC
Mar 7, 2007 HOME Avalanche 7:00 PM EST ET -
Mar 9, 2007 HOME Wild 8:00 PM EST ET -
Mar 10, 2007 HOME Devils 7:00 PM EST ET -
Mar 13, 2007 AWAY Penguins 7:30 PM EST ET Versus
Mar 15, 2007 AWAY Panthers 7:30 PM EST ET -
Mar 16, 2007 AWAY Lightning 8:00 PM EST ET -
Mar 18, 2007 AWAY Thrashers 2:00 PM EST ET -
Mar 21, 2007 HOME Capitals 7:00 PM EST ET -
Mar 23, 2007 HOME Maple Leafs 8:00 PM EST ET TSN
Mar 24, 2007 AWAY Maple Leafs 7:00 PM EST ET CBC
Mar 28, 2007 HOME Devils 7:00 PM EST ET -
Mar 30, 2007 HOME Islanders 8:00 PM EST ET -
Mar 31, 2007 AWAY Canadiens 7:00 PM EST ET -


APR


Apr 3, 2007 AWAY Penguins 7:00 PM EDT ET Versus
Apr 5, 2007 HOME Bruins 7:00 PM EDT ET -
Apr 7, 2007 AWAY Capitals 1:00 PM EDT ET -
Apr 8, 2007 AWAY Flyers 1:00 PM EDT ET NBC,TSN

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I don't think it's very likely.

Buffalo is 11-8-2 in 2007. If they remain at this slower pace then they will finish with 109 pts.

Ottawa is 13-4-2 in 2007. If they remain at this hot pace they will finish with 104 pts.

I can't see Buffalo doing much worse than that pace, so to have any chance the Sens can't afford to lose more than 5 games and must win the home-and-home.

After the home-and-home:

BUF - 6 games against teams likely out of the playoff picture
OTT - 7 games against teams likely out of the playoff picture

BUF - 9 home games, 11 road games
OTT - 8 home games, 12 road games

Schedules are roughly similar.

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If you (OTT) take these two February games from us, it's completely possible.

With our injury situation, now is the time. We're ripe for the picking.

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First off I donít care if I am jinxing any chance we have by making this post. Now to the post

Buffalo 59GP 39W 15L 5OT 83Pts
Ottawa 59GP 34W 22L 3OT 71Pts

They have a 12 point lead with 23 games remaining.
We play the Sabres back to back this week if we can win both those games its an eight point lead. (Emery will be back for those games too)
This is the point in the season we should be getting it all together heading into the playoffs. I am sure the players have there eyes on first place in the division. I would if I was a player, try and be the best team in the Conference.

Who would have fathomed we had a shot at first considering the start of the season by both teams. I know there are some fans that would rather we come in in a lower seeding because not as much pressure will be on the Sens but you know as long as the Sens make the playoffs pressure will be there. So why not try and win the division and the Conference.

We win the back to back against Buffalo I think we will finish first in the Conference.

Go Sens Go
At first glance I'd say no way. But...

If Buffalo goes .500 for the rest of the season (11-11-1) they will get 23 more points. They have a bunch of injuries so it's possible. That gives them 106 points. Ottawa would need 35 points to get to 106, for a record of 17-5-1 over our last 23 games. Ottawa has no injuries and will likely add a depth player before the deadline; I think 17-5-1 is unlikely but, hey, we've got a pretty awesome team, and maybe Buffalo with all of their injuries tank and goes below .500 the rest of the way so it's not out of the question...

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I am much concerned about Pit catching NJ.

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Give me 4th in the Conference and I'm happy.

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I don't see why not so long as we win BOTH games against them next week. Otherwise it won't happen.

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As far as round 1 goes I'm not too worried, despite the high chances of us finishing in a historically tough spot. What scares me is (potentially) having to face New Jersey later on..... and to a much lesser extent Buffalo.
I agree with all of that. There isn't much separating the teams this year, so 3 vs 6, 4 vs 5 doesn't seem to make much difference in my eyes. I like the potential match-ups as it stands right now.

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No, you are way too optimistic. I just want Ottawa to be ready for the playoffs.

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I just want to avoid the 4/5 playoff spot. That's usually a killer. Has anyone emerged from that spot to go to the finals ?
Plus I think the penguins are a lock for that number 4/5 spot dont wanna play those guys they are really coming into there own.

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I'll keep mine short... are we going to win 6 more games than Buffalo does in a small 23 game window?... No.

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No need to be a Debbie Downer.
I'm not

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